It is said that the spring in Israel begins when almond trees begin flowering. But since there are very little almond trees in the city, we need another sign of the coming spring. Fortunately, there is one - Purim holiday.
The winter in Israel is not too cold and dreary, so spring might come unattended, as a surprise. But then suddenly you notice that the days become longer and longer, and the evenings - warmer. And then one day you walk on the street and see people all dressed up in Purim costumes. That's right, it's Purim already. And - the spring!
As a part of my French studies, I recently read some Jules Verne books - in French! Some, like "Captain Grant's Children", I know and love from childhood. Some, like "Michel Strogoff", I read for the first time. To my surprise, it's there that I found a very appropriate quotation to the subject of Tel Aviv in springtime.
Some cold countries can only be appreciates in a cold season, similar to how some hot countries can only be appreciates in a hot season.Tel Aviv is a great example of a place that is best appreciated in a hot season. And since summer in Tel Aviv feels for many too unbearably hot, spring is really the best time to enjoy the city.
Take a look at pictures from all over the globe here, and see my old entry about Purim here. Can you already feel the spring in your part of the world?